A new WHSmiths announced for Wimbledon

Merton Liberal Democrats found out on Wednesday (embargoed until yesterday) that WHSmith will also be returning to Wimbledon in the Summer.

The WHSmith property manager Chris Williams told us:

"Your continued support is greatly appreciated and  I am delighted to confirm we are signed up to take a new store in the Centre Court Shopping Centre in the heart of Wimbledon.

"We are due to commence work next week combining vacant units and extensive refurbishment works will be undertaken  to enable the new store to be opened this summer. The new location will be is at the front of the Centre close to Boots and M&S."

Both Waterstones and Smiths had known since February 2014 that they had lost their original leases, but hadn't made any plans to open new shops. Our petition on bookshops in Wimbledon was to help encourage them to do so. It's great that they are both now coming back to Wimbledon - a town centre needs lots of different shops to remain vibrant.

All the best and thanks for your support earlier in the year.